Following the demise of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who succumbed to prostate cancer in Germany on Wednesday, his deputy Lucky Aiyedatiwa has taken over as the new Governor of Ondo State.
Aiyedatiwa was sworn in at the Government House in Alagbaka, Akure, on the same day.
Akeredolu had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer since April 3, 2023, when he left for his first medical trip. He returned to the country on September 7, 2023, after his second trip, and informed the state House of Assembly of his condition.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, confirmed the governor’s death in a statement titled ‘It Is a sad day in Ondo State’..
.it reads, “With a heavy heart, the Ondo State Government announces the passing of our beloved Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON.
“Mr. Governor peacefully departed from this world in the early hours of today, Wednesday, December 27, 2023.
“This tragedy has left behind a profound void in our hearts.
“Governor Akeredolu answered the eternal call while receiving medical treatment in Germany. He succumbed to complications arising from protracted prostate cancer
“The family and the Ondo State Government appreciate Mr. President for his support for Governor Akeredolu during his illness. The family and the state government will release further details regarding the funeral arrangements.
“Governor Akeredolu was an extraordinary leader whose unwavering dedication to the state and its people was both commendable and unparalleled. He not only served as the Governor of Ondo State but also emerged as a prominent advocate for the entire Southwest region and the nation. Governor Akeredolu was a courageous leader and an exemplar of integrity. The weight of this loss is truly unbearable.
“However, we find solace in the knowledge that Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu lived a purposeful life, devoted to the service of God Almighty,” the statement added.